From his perch on the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee, U.S. Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., opened the door to stopping the Maduro regime in Venezuela exporting oil to Cuba.
Scott weighed in on the matter on Wednesday, insisting he was open to a naval blockade.
“It’s clear the sanctions meant to block the flow of oil from Venezuela to Cuba aren’t working,” Scott said. “Cuba is the most powerful force propping up the Maduro regime in Venezuela in large part because of the free oil they’re receiving in return. It’s oil for repression. Cutting off the supply of oil to the Castro regime would be the most effective action we can take to end the brutal regime of Nicolas Maduro.
“It’s clear that the United States needs to consider using naval assets to block the flow of oil between the two dictatorships,” Scott added. “The president has floated the idea of a full embargo on Cuba. I agree with him wholeheartedly. We need to take action now to capitalize on Maduro’s weakness and end his brutal regime. Cut off Cuba, and you cut off the political forces supporting genocide in Venezuela.”
Scott has increasingly pointed to Russia and Cuba propping up the Maduro regime and the Ortega regime in Nicaragua.
“Russia and Cuba are directly responsible for propping up dangerous dictators, including Maduro in Venezuela and Ortega in Nicaragua,” Scott said. “Their insistence on supporting terrorism and genocide in Latin America disrupts international peace and security and demonstrates a blatant disregard for international law, the Charter of the United Nations, and the Monroe Doctrine. Their goal of using Maduro and his destruction of freedom in Venezuela to gain a foothold in the Western Hemisphere threatens the national security of the United States.
“We will not stand idly by while Russia and Cuba violate international law and attempt to undermine the fight for freedom and democracy. They are a threat to the safety of our nation and our world. Russia and Cuba must get out of Venezuela and Nicaragua now if there is to be a peaceful resolution,” Scott added.
Scott was elected to the Senate last year after two terms as governor.
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